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Death by Leisure: A Cautionary Tale by [Chris Ayres]

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From Publishers Weekly

Upon return from embedded duty in Iraq with a marines unit, Ayres, a British journalist, chronicles his brief visit to Los Angeles, the land of glam and glitz. This gonzo-influenced volume opens with Ayres (War Reporting for Cowards) getting the sultry once-over from a beauty in a white bikini at poolside, and everything goes wacky and downhill from there with a bogus assignment to cover singer Michael Jackson, his Neverland estate and his sleepovers. Ayres marvels at the perpetually sunny weather of the sci-fi metropolis, and the Tinseltown crowd of Beverly Hill princesses, plum-cheeked hedonists, journalists with notebooks and bad breath, fleets of android publicists, the rich, the very rich. Ayres makes note of this life of excess, eco disasters and obsession with physical perfection. Producing a topsy-turvy carnival ride of a book, Ayres knows how to find the laughs and fantasy in this accomplished satire of Los Angeles. (Feb.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"War Reporting for Cowards reminded me of the granddaddy of the genre, Evelyn Waugh's novel Scoop, and that Ayres's book can be mentioned in the same sentence is a tribute. . . . ChronicleYs many of the absurdities, horrors, and discomforts of life during wartime circa two years ago, and the honor and steadfastness of the men and women who have to endure them." -- Gary Shteyngart --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • Publisher : Grove Press (January 19, 2010)
  • ASIN : B00AFYVCY4
  • Publication date : January 19, 2010
  • Print length : 321 pages
  • File size : 952 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.6 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

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